AP reports: “A Bills fans club recently founded to keep the NFL team in western New York has started an online petition to ban songs by Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker has been linked to a Toronto-based developer interested in purchasing a franchise and moving it to Canada’s largest city.”
Huge sports news, especially on this night in Philly, when the Philadelphia Soul is hosting America’s first pro-football LGBT-awareness game. Michael Sam has been drafted by the St. Louis Rams, making him the nation’s first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL. More from the New York Times.
Back-to-back American Conference Champions the Philadelphia Soul will host the first pro-football LGBT-awareness game in the nation. “Out With the Soul: Champions for Equality” kicks off Saturday, May 10th at the Wells Fargo Center, where Philly’s Souls will be taking on the New Orleans VooDoo.
For Americans, the sports stadium is the sanctuary where we all give praise to the same gods. The allure of sports, of course, is that they seem fall in line with our democratic values of fairness; the athletic field is where meritocracy is the law of the land and skill is the great equalizer.
Sports are turned to in times where basic human decency has fallen short; we view sports as a salve for our country’s pesky “race problem.” But according to a big Patriot News enterprise feature about race and Pennsylvania’s high school sports — “Unchecked, Unchallenged and Unabashed: Is racism in high school sports being tolerated?”— racism is just as imbued in the locker room as anywhere else, even among our supposedly post-racial young people.
The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that seven retired players — including former Eagle Sean Considine — are asking the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to intervene in the NFL concussion lawsuit. They’re challenging a proposed $765 million settlement of the lawsuit, saying they’re concerned the payout wouldn’t apply to all affected ex-players who need help. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had earlier rejected the settlement for similar reasons. “They’re people who have a very strong belief that players like themselves have been injured and this settlement process and this settlement has treated them unfairly,” attorney Steven Molo of the New York-based MoloLamken firm representing the players, told the Los Angeles Times. “They had long, sustained, high-quality careers in the NFL. They’re not people who are just trying to make a quick buck off this.”
Instead of presenting a long list of reasons the Eagles should draft Michael Sam, the Mizzou offensive lineman who came out of the closet on Sunday and stands to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, let me present two words: